Last week, I turned it the money and permission slip for Little Sis's pumpkin patch field trip. The next day, I received a check and a letter, explaining the trip was cancelled due to "lack of interest." Only a few of us had bothered to return the slips and money. Little Sis was very disappointed. I think they are done with Halloween at school: no "fall parties," no costume parade. Too many parental complaints, too many kids and parents ignoring the "no scary costumes" rule. It's disappointing. I tend to be very PC myself, but I have fond memories of Halloween at school, and I always loved the costume parade at the girls' school.
So I decided we could fit in a pumpkin patch trip of our own this weekend. Big Sis had dance class Saturday morning, and I dragged her along to a friend's book signing after that. We ran home to eat and pick up Little Sis. Then guess what? Little Sis no longer wanted to go. After all that, she just wanted to stay home with Daddy. This made Big Sis sad. So we decided, what the hey? We'd make it a Mom and Big Sis afternoon at the pumpkin patch.
And what a pumpkin patch!
There are several pumpkin patches in our area. Our city is surrounded by Kansas farmland. The pumpkin patch where this year's field trip was to take place was one I'd never been to. When that trip fell through, I knew we had to check out Walters Pumpkin Patch in Burns, KS, just outside El Dorado. I had never been to Walters, but it has an almost mythic place among fall-loving folk in south-central Kansas. Everyone always told me it was the best. Little Sis went there on her kindergarten field trip - the one I missed, due to my own stupid mix-up - and even though it was cold and drizzly, she said it was pretty awesome. Now Big Sis and I got to see it for ourselves!
The decor is beautiful. There's a big playground, mud pie station, tricycles, a barrel train, jumping pillows, "punkin chunkin, a cannon, a zipline, a corn maze, mining, duck races, whew... I didn't even name it all.
Without Little Sis or another kid, Big Sis was less apt to try things. The jumping pillow looked like fun, for example, but not without a buddy. She did try her hand at punkin chunkin: for a dollar, she got three mini pumpkins to sling at a target. The first two landed in the water, but her third sailed between the metal pumpkin and the bar!
We took a tractor-pulled wagon out to the main pumpkin patch. The weather was gorgeous this weekend. We bought three large pumpkins from the field.
There are two gift shops at Walters. One is full of baked goods and other food items. They were rather low on pumpkin stuff during our visit, unfortunately. The other gift shop is full of adorable decor. If money were no object, I would have bought so much stuff! Unfortunately, our budget is tight, so we only bought some candy corn and a nice little pie pumpkin for baking.
So I'm already planning next year's trip. We will find a time when my sister, brother-in-law and nieces are free to join me, the girls, and Mr. B at Walter's Pumpkin Patch. We could definitely spend the whole day there. It's a pretty magical place. At least now, I can say I've actually been there!
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